Most of us are already aware of harmful drinks that can damage our health and our teeth, but what about those beverages that can help keep our smile healthy and strong?
Unless you are lactose intolerant, milk is already in your refrigerator and is ready to help strengthen your pearly whites! Milk is rich in calcium, Vitamin D, and protein and phosphorous, all of which can benefit your teeth.
For those who are lactose intolerant, you can find substitutes that are fortified and rich in nutrients, especially soy or almond milk, which are high in protein and calcium.
Water actually helps you in between brushing and flossing by rinsing away bacterial residue on your teeth and gums. Drinking plenty of water can curb your appetite while preventing dry mouth by keeping your saliva production going, which rinses away food particles and buffers acid. Fluoride in tap water can help strengthen your teeth as well, which is found in tap water.
Another saliva stimulant is white or green tea as they rinse your teeth and stimulate saliva production. Just don’t add sugars or lemon because they create sugar and acid.
Real fruit juices in your health food section that don’t have added sugars are good for your teeth as well. Make sure they are low in acid–which can destroy tooth enamel–such as apple or pear juice.
If you have to drink soda, natural root beer is a good choice. Root beer was found to be the safest soda by researchers affiliated with the Academy of General Dentistry after they put teeth in various soft drinks, and found root beer products to cause the least damage.
You can also protect your teeth by drinking through a straw. Whatever you drink be sure to brush and floss your pearly whites twice each day, and follow-up with a mouthwash rinse. See your dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and checkups and preserve your smile for a lifetime!
Please call our friendly staff at 770-787-6453 if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health.